Youngsters put sporting skills to the test

ON YOUR MARKS ... primary schools from South Tyneside took part in an athletics event at Temple Park.
ON YOUR MARKS ... primary schools from South Tyneside took part in an athletics event at Temple Park.

SPORTING youngsters from schools across South Tyneside put their skills to the test in a series of athletic-inspired contests.

Pupils from Ashley Primary School, South Shields, and St Aloyisus Primary School, Hebburn, donned their gym kits to take part in the Level 3 Tyne and Wear Sportshall Athletics Finals.

Primary schools from South Shields and Sunderland are taking part in an athletics event at Temple Park. 'South Tyneside St Aloysius

Primary schools from South Shields and Sunderland are taking part in an athletics event at Temple Park. 'South Tyneside St Aloysius

The event, held at Temple Park Centre in South Shields and sponsored by Sainsbury’s, saw the primary school pupils go head to head against youngsters from schools in Sunderland, Newcastle, North Tyneside and Gateshead.

Throughout the morning session, organised by Sporthall Associates, youngsters from years five and six competed in relay races, long jump, high jump and a form of shot put as their team mates cheered them on from the sideline.

The schools were chosen after coming top of the leaderboard in heats held prior to the finals, which took place on Wednesday.

Claire Elliott, school games co-ordinator for Tyne and Wear Sport, said: “It has been an excellent event and the turnout has been brilliant.

Primary schools from South Shields and Sunderland are taking part in an athletics event at Temple Park. 'South Tyneside St Aloysius Primary School

Primary schools from South Shields and Sunderland are taking part in an athletics event at Temple Park. 'South Tyneside St Aloysius Primary School

“We had the top two winning schools from each of the local authority areas competing against each other and the atmosphere has been great.”

In the afternoon pupils from St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Hebburn Comprehensive, Mortimer and Boldon, took on schools from Newcastle, Sunderland, North Tyneside and Gateshead in a series of events which also included javelin.

Tim Dumble, deputy headteacher from Ashley Primary School, said: “As a school we were really proud to have been one of two schools in South Tyneside involved in the Tyne and Wear Games.

“We came in sixth place, which was a good achievement. We have a tradition at Ashley Primary School in that we take sport quite seriously and we have had quite a few former pupils go on to great things.

Primary schools from South Shields and Sunderland are taking part in an athletics event at Temple Park. 'South Tyneside St Aloysius Primary School

Primary schools from South Shields and Sunderland are taking part in an athletics event at Temple Park. 'South Tyneside St Aloysius Primary School

“We are also brilliant at supporting our pupils and we are so proud of those who took part.

“When the teachers and the pupils came back to school they were all really enthused and said how exciting it had all been. The children really enjoyed themselves and it was an excellent occasion.”

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